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Basset hound brothers reunited with family who lost them in Twin Lakes

Basset hound brothers Dyson and Hoover have been reunited with their family in Hope after spending a few days lost in Twin Lakes.
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Kyle Burgess was perplexed by how two basset hounds could be wandering along Highway 3A near Twin Lakes.

They were groomed, house trained, friendly and playful. And Basset hounds aren’t cheap. So he couldn’t figure out how they became separated from their owner.

Burgess found the two dogs on July 3 near the Twin Lakes Golf Course where he works. He reached out through local Facebook pages to try and find the owner.

But nobody came forward right away, and nobody seemed to recognize the dogs.

It made him sad to think about how these dogs and their owners became separated.

“These dogs were hours and hours away from their owner, who knows what happened,” he said.

“I thought to be honest that somebody ditched them, that was my first thought. The way things are these days, some people get dogs and don’t realize how much work they really are.”

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Burgess’ family home already has kids, a cat and a dog, so there was no more room for the hounds at his place. Instead he took them to a private shelter, under the care of a woman who breeds and fosters dogs. 

“She has a nice big house with other basset hounds living there too. The guys I found were really happy there,” he said.

“They were so loving, when I dropped them off at the shelter they wanted to come back with me, they followed me back to the gate and were whimpering.”

However the hounds got comfortable and enjoyed their time at the woman’s house, Burgess said. They were even taken to the vet for a check-up.

But they didn’t spend too much time in Twin Lakes, as one of the lost-dog Facebook posts finally reached the owner.

“I am super happy that they’re going to get reunited with their owners."

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Burgess learned that the owner, an elderly woman from Hope, lost her hounds when she was returning from a dog show in Vernon. She had pulled over in the Twin Lakes area, her dogs spotted a marmot, and they were off. 

“They decided they were going to go on a little hunt.”

The owner wasn’t able to catch them right away.

Looking back at the timeline, Burgess figures the hounds were lost for about two hours before he retrieved them.

And he learned that the dogs are brothers named Hoover and Dyson.

“So they should be getting back to their homes today.”

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